How to Minimize the Risk of Freezing Pipes

Posted on January 21, 2014 @ 8:45 PM EST

How to Minimize the Risk of Freezing Pipes

Prepare your residential and commercial properties for the freezing conditions that are taking the Northeast by storm.

There will be snow up to 6″-12″ across the area. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain. Be sure to use your water faucets, showers, and toilets frequently & at luke-warm temperatures in order to minimize the risk of pipes freezing over.

A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for most of the area today from the Lehigh Valley all the way to the shore. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for the Poconos. The snow is expected to intensify during the afternoon and evening hours.

SNOWFALL: A general 6-12″ is likely across the vast majority of the region with the highest amounts more likely along counties surrounding I-95. 3-6″ is expected in the Poconos. Close to the coast from about Atlantic City South into Sussex County, Delaware, lesser amounts are possible (3″-6″), as it appears the early heavy snow bands are missing the Shore.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to safeguard your health & maintain safe premises – Know the Difference:

Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

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